Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg: A Tribute

(Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

(Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Stylized Portrait by Tiner).

From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art, Robert Rauschenberg's remarkable career spans decades of creativity. Labeled a "Renaissance Man" by his peers, I enjoyed creating these stylized portraits of him. The first portrait is influenced from my Hurricane Katrina series and embraces the spirit of his influence on American creativity (look for the American flag in the top left of his shoulder). The second portrait is a contemporary "pop" portrait.

It's ironic that this "Renaissance Man" passed away a day before Brandweek Magazine labeled me a "Renaissance Man" (link to article). ...Maybe it's a metaphoric passing of the torch? ...Or just inflated thinking? ...I'd be happy to achieve 1/7 (love the power of seven) Rauschenberg's success in my artistic endeavors (I'm swinging for the fences and I don't plan on striking out). Regardless, Rauschenberg's artwork will outlive all of us and stand as a testament for paving the way for new forms of creativity.

My excitement to all of his collectors and museums who have just made a financial fortune overnight with the appreciation of his artwork (a sad testament to the life of a visual artist) and my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Much love and respect to this "Renaissance Man" and for continuing to influence the lives of the public in this life and the next.

Parting words (a visual message to Rauschenberg's Family and to anyone else grieving the loss of a loved one):

(Lessons learned from 4 years of grief, which changed me into the person that I am today).

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